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NORTH CAROLINA-SHOOTING/PROTEST UPDATE Protest erupts after police kill black man in North Carolina

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Tensions flared in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday (September 20) after police fatally shot a 43-year-old black man who they said was armed with a gun when officers approached him in the parking lot of an apartment complex. Several hundred people gathered after dark near the shooting scene to protest the death of Keith Lamont Scott, with some throwing water bottles and wielding large sticks as they faced off against police in riot gear. A few hours earlier, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said officers were at the apartment complex searching for a suspect with an outstanding warrant when they saw Scott get out of his vehicle with a firearm. Officer Brentley Vinson fired his weapon and struck Scott, who "posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers," the department said in a statement. Vinson, who joined the Charlotte police force in July 2014, also is black, according to the department. He has been placed on paid administrative leave. The fatal shooting came amid an intense national debate over the use of deadly force by police, particularly against black men. Police did not immediately say if Scott was the suspect they had originally sought at the apartment complex. WSOC-TV reported that he was not. Detectives recovered the gun Scott was holding at the time of the shooting and were interviewing witnesses, police said. Protesters and Scott's family disputed that the dead man was armed. Some family members told local reporters that Scott had been holding a book and was waiting for his son to be dropped off from school. Charlotte police said on Twitter that about a dozen officers were injured during Tuesday's night protest, with one getting hit in the face with a rock. The agency's "civil emergency unit" was deployed to disperse the crowd, and reporters saw tear gas being used. Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts urged for calm.

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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 20, 2016) (NBC - BROADCASTERS: NO ACCESS USA/CNN DIGITAL: FOR BROADCAST CLIENT USE ONLY, NO ACCESS INTERNET, MOBILE, WIRELESS) VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS CLASHING WITH POLICE POLICE DRESSED IN RIOT GEAR MARCHING AHEAD OF BUS - PROTESTERS ARGUING WITH POLICE PROTESTERS WALKING NEXT TO POLICE LINE DRESSED IN RIOT GEAR PROTECTING BUS POLICE IN RIOT GEAR STANDING IN FRONT OF BUS - BOTTLE THROWN TOPLESS PROTESTER WITH HANDS RAISED IN AIR FACING POLICEMAN IN RIOT GEAR HOLDING NIGHTSTICK - PROTESTERS ARGUING WITH POLICE - POLICE WALKING BACKWARDS

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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 20, 2016) (NBC - BROADCASTERS: NO ACCESS USA/CNN DIGITAL: FOR BROADCAST CLIENT USE ONLY, NO ACCESS INTERNET, MOBILE, WIRELESS) VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS CLASHING WITH POLICE POLICE DRESSED IN RIOT GEAR MARCHING AHEAD OF BUS - PROTESTERS ARGUING WITH POLICE PROTESTERS WALKING NEXT TO POLICE LINE DRESSED IN RIOT GEAR PROTECTING BUS POLICE IN RIOT GEAR STANDING IN FRONT OF BUS - BOTTLE THROWN TOPLESS PROTESTER WITH HANDS RAISED IN AIR FACING POLICEMAN IN RIOT GEAR HOLDING NIGHTSTICK - PROTESTERS ARGUING WITH POLICE - POLICE WALKING BACKWARDS

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